The Bear & the Rat Makes Frozen Yogurt for Dogs

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Marshall the bulldog enjoying some bacon and peanut butter frozen yogurt.
Like many Coloradans, I'm a little obsessed with my dog. He sleeps on my bed. He's attended concerts with me and even come on a vacation or two. And of course I'm obsessed with what he eats (or, rather, what I feed him). I won't bore you with the details, but it should suffice to say that my husband and I make his food ourselves rather than buy the high-quality kibble or even the raw-food options available at the store.

But I typically don't make his treats myself -- and I definitely don't have time to whip up frozen yogurt for the little dude. I might be obsessed, but my obsession only goes so far. That's where the Bear & the Rat comes in, a company run by a local husband-and-wife team who will go where obsessive dog-owners can only dream of going. Luckily for us, we can reap the fruits of their labors.

See also: The Ten Best Dog-Friendly Patios in Denver

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Patrick Mangold-White Expands His Restaurant Empire on South Pearl -- and Beyond

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Patrick Mangold-White outside his second restaurant on South Pearl Street.
In a time when brick-and-mortar stores must compete with trucks in an industry that's less predictable than North Korea, restaurateur/sommelier/chef Patrick Mangold-White has managed to thrive with fresh and affordable fare on South Pearl Street. He started with sit-down breakfast at Gaia, which he and Jon Edwards opened in 2006; then added high-end pizza at Kaos and street tacos at Uno Mas. Pretty soon, he'll be bringing doughnuts, ice cream and waffles to the area -- and also taking his brand to Berkeley. Here's what Mangold-White has to say about his growing business, surviving tough times and the neighborhood that grounds him.

See also: Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina opens on South Pearl Street

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Dine in a Teepee or Drink by a Fire at Forest Room 5

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Kristin Pazulski
Forest Room 5's patio satisfies the winter-approaching-induced outdoors cravings.
There's something about the approach of winter that makes me want to be outdoors as much as possible, and fortunately this fall, Mother Nature has acquiesced to my desires with outdoor-friendly temperatures. Last week, my craving brought me to Forest Room 5 and its unique woodsy patio.

See also: Hear Devo demos on Mark Mothersbaugh's jukebox at Forest Room 5

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From Cats to Cafe Mercato: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, October 5-10

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Danielle Lirette
Scotch eggs made the trip to Uptown and Argyll Whisky Beer.

This week in Cafe Society, our reviewer got a taste of the UK at Argyll Whisky Beer, where both the whiskey and Scotch eggs were delicious. Rioja chef de cuisine, For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked with Tim Kuklinski about failing in the kitchen, his love of Italian food and life at Rioja.

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Domo's Patio Garden Proves Peaceful and Educational

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Kristin Pazulski
Dining on Domo's peaceful garden patio exceeded my expectations.
Driving up to Domo Japanese Country Foods, you wouldn't think much of the restaurant. The restaurant's huge sign, visible from Colfax Avenue at Osage Street, is tacky. The building is boxy, and when we parked in the restaurant's north-facing gravel parking lot, I questioned whether Domo would be all it was cracked up to be.

But those feelings dissipated as soon as I saw the framed, landscaped entryway in the south side of the building, hidden from the eyes along busy Colfax. Inside, Domo didn't just meet my expectations, with its cozy, green garden and delicious Japanese food, but exceeded them with some other surprises: like the communal gathering area and the museum.

See also: The ten best patios in Denver for saying goodbye to summer

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Baum's Away! A Second Helping of Cafe Society, September 29 - October 3

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Danielle Lirette
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Glaze by Sasa, a new dessert and sushi restaurant that's the baum. And just in time for the Great American Beer Festival, Mark Antonation talked to Scott Witsoe of Wit's End Brewing about his old homebrewing days, his love of exotic ingredients and more in this week's Chef and Tell.

See also: Our Restaurant Roll Call for September

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Mercantile Pulls Into Union Station, Recipe Box Closes: Our Restaurant Roll Call for September

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Mark Antonation
Mercantile Dining & Provision has joined the culinary crew at Union Station.

New restaurant openings filled the calendar in September, with more than two dozen spots opening their doors in metro Denver. The new eateries ranged from Mercantile Dining & Provision, Alex Seidel's market/cafe/restaurant in Union Station, to another link in the homegrown Santiago's chain. But Denver also lost a handful of spots, including Humble Pie, which promises to reopen, and the Recipe Box, which has closed for good. Keep reading for our Restaurant Roll Call for September.

See also: Burgers, BBQ and the BSide: Our Restaurant Roll Call for August


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Oh, Deer: Punch Bowl Social Billboard Casts a Long Shadow

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Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social has been putting up billboards in a few locations around town, but the suit-wearing deer pictured on the one looming over downtown at 20th and Broadway is turning heads for more than just those impressive antlers. Passersby are getting a rise out of a shadow -- or is it a stain? -- on the billboard that's giving the mascot a little extra something.

See also: Now That Weed Is Legal, Can It Co-Exist With Beer During the Great American Beer Festival?

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From Pizza to Pork Chops, a Second Helping of Cafe Society: September 22-26

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Danielle Lirette
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited Saucy Noodle Ristorante, which just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. It may not be the best red-sauce joint in town, but as she notes in her review of Sauce Noodle, the place has a faithful cadre of fans. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked with Breckenridge-Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll about fortieth anniversary of Wazee Supper Club, and how the place -- and its pizza -- has change over the years.


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Twelve Denver Restaurants That Have Hit Fifty -- and Are Still in the Family

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The Bonnie Brae Tavern back in 1934.
The Saucy Noodle, which Gretchen Kurtz reviews this week, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in August -- a remarkable record for a restaurant that's still in the founding family's hands. But it's not the only place in the area run by family members fifty years after it opened. Up in Louisville, the Blue Parrot is just five years shy of celebrating its hundredth anniversary of continuous operation under the same family; next month, La Fiesta will mark its fiftieth birthday. Keep reading for our roster of a dozen Denver area restaurants that have been a family tradition for fifty years or more.

See also: At Fifty, Sauce Noodle Ristorante Feels Like an Old Friend


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